Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto: ‘There are a lot of people suffering. Don’t whine, just go play’

Jerry Dipoto at a press conference in Seattle
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto speaks out as MLB debates return to play.

SEATTLE, Wash. – The MLB has a few major details to tackle before they begin their regular season.  When and where “Spring” training will be held, and for how long? How will players be tested, and will they be playing in front of giant, empty stadiums?

Those were addressed in the MLB’s proposal to the MLB Players Association earlier this week, and there has been no approval so far.

But Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto had some pointed words on 710 ESPN Seattle’s radio show with Danny and Gallant Thursday morning.

There are two main formats to pay players in a shortened season being tossed around. The first, favored by owners, is a 50/50 split of the revenue earned in whatever number of games they play. Players don’t like that idea because it’s essentially a salary cap, something the MLB has never had.

The economic side of the proposal is expected within the next couple of days.

Option number two, the one players favor, is a prorated salary based on the player’s current contract based off the number of games played in 2020.

Based on the lengthy proposal the MLBPA received from MLB officials, one MLB Network insider, Joel Sherman tweeted details on the player response.

There is currently no date set for the return of Major League Baseball, but they hope to start in early July.